Albert Dubois-Pillet

Albert Dubois-Pillet Born in Paris in 1846, he spent his early life in Toulouse. A self-taught artist, he attended the French military academy at Saint-Cyr, served in the Franco-Prussian war and rose to to the rank of captain in the […]

Alphonse Allais

Alphonse Allais Alphonse Allais was a poet, a humorist and the editor of the Chat Noir, a satirical magazine. He commissioned his friend Félix Fénéon to write a diary commenting on the avant-garde art scene for the Chat Noir. At […]

Seurat’s Marines

Seurat’s ‘Marines’ Seurat produced his first series of coastal paintings (or ‘marines’) in 1885, spending part of the summer at Grandcamp in Normandy. Then in 1886 he painted at Honfleur. In 1887 his summer was interrupted by a second short […]

Seurat: The Channel at Gravelines

Georges Seurat: The Channel at Gravelines – 1890 London, National Gallery In many of the small sketches he produced in preparation for Bathers at Asnières and A Sunday on the Island of the Grande Jatte, he necessarily reduced landscape to its essentials […]

Sunlight, Quai de Clichy

Paul Signac: Sunlight, Quai de Clichy – 1887 Baltimore Museum of Art In 1880, Signac’s father died and his widowed mother decided to sell the family business and move from Montmartre to the quieter suburb of Asnières. Signac was drawn […]

Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger From the age of 20 Jean Metzinger was able to support himself through his art. By 1903 he was a follower of the Neo-Impressionist Henri Edmond Cross and from 1904 to 1908 he was painting in a divisionist […]

Seurat: Poseuses (the Models)

Georges Seurat: Poseuses (The Models) – 1886-1888 Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation The left half of this painting is taken up with a substantial portion of A Sunday on the island of the Grand Jatte, so we are looking at a […]

Maximilien Luce

Maximilien Luce Maximilien Luce was born in Paris in March 1858. Having witnessed the bloody events during the suppression of the Paris Commune by the regular army in 1871, he became politically radicalised. He worked as a printmaker and he […]

Seurat: The Circus

Georges Seurat: The Circus – 1891 Paris, Musée d’Orsay This picture was exhibited in an unfinished state at the seventh Salon des Indépendants which opened on 20 March 1891. Nine days later he was dead. The dominant red–blue–yellow spectrum of […]